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Guru Spotlight: Brandilovesbeauty

23 September 2014

Brandi is the embodiment of beauty and brains; she's a practicing lawyer and a rising YouTube beauty guru. She films her videos with the intimate ease of a friendly older sister. In a world where sponsored videos and brand endorsement are rampant, her honest opinions and true know-how shine through. Brandi’s makeup tutorials are stunning, and we especially love her sultry evening looks. Her channel has a great balance of hauls, reviews, and tutorials for hair and makeup. It’s inspiring that Brandi manages to make so much great content and handle a demanding career!



What is the best beauty advice that you have gotten?

To never sleep in your makeup. This is a MUST for me because I have such sensitive and acne-prone skin. If I sleep in my makeup, I'll be sure to have a ton of zits the next morning and no one wants that!

Which person/celebrity inspires you the most in life, and why?

Cher. She's lived such an amazing life and at the beginning of her career experienced a lot of rejection but made it to the top. I know I'm quite young to love Cher, but I do. She's gorgeous and was completely unique back in her time and I admire her so much for always staying true to herself.

What are your favorite vlogs to watch?

I have so many. I love watching families so I love watching the Saccone-Jolys, Mommytipsbycole, AprilJustinTV, Anna Lee and Jesse, and NaturalMe4C. I also looooove Tanya Burr, Heyclaire, Teni Panosian, and Shamelessmaya.

What beauty products can you not live without?

Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, Revlon Colorstay Foundation, and The Balm's Mary Loumanizer.

How long have you been into make-up?

I have loved makeup since I was in high school. I used to read makeup blogs that mostly talked about MAC makeup and so I would buy a lot of MAC whenever I came into some money. Although, I never actually wore makeup until law school, about 5 years later. But I've always liked collecting makeup.

If you could only make up one part of your face per day, what would it be (i.e. eyes, lips, lashes)?

Definitely my lips. It's always nice to give yourself a bit of hydration and a pop of color with a great lipstick or gloss.

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to start a vlog?

Be yourself, get good lighting, have a thick skin, and just have fun! If there are any days that you just aren't feeling it, turn the camera off and try tomorrow. Be happy while you film!

What type of camera do you use? What do you use to edit your videos?

I use a Canon t4i and I edit my videos with imovie.

What are the best aspects of running your own vlog? What are the hardest?

I have met some amazing people through youtube, which has made it all worth it. I love interacting with my subscribers and getting feedback on how I style clothing or create a makeup look. The hardest thing about running my channel, however, is staying consistent while having a full-time job.

What are your favorite places to shop?

Zara and Ann Taylor.

If you have $1000 to spend on make-up, what would you buy?

I'd definitely try a lot of the new Marc Jacobs beauty line - everything looks so gorgeous! I'd also get way more YSL lipsticks because I'm obsessed and would get a ton of MAC eyeshadows because they are just so velvety and gorgeous!

If you only had $100 to spend on make-up, what essentials would you buy?

Revlon Colorstay Foundation, Sephora Black liquid eyeliner, L'Oreal Telescopic mascara, an amazing concealer, and MAC's Ruby Woo (or Riri Woo if it was still out!).

Who is your make-up inspiration?

This one is hard because I love so many talented youtubers. I love Chrisspy because she's such a great teacher and makes every makeup application look easy. But I've recently found this wonderful makeup artist whose youtube name is LustreLux. She's so gorgeous and funny!

What is your daily routine?

I talk myself into getting out of bed, shower, put some kinky curly in my hair, throw on some makeup and clothes, and head to my office. The first thing I do once I get to the office is have a cup of coffee because it makes me feel happy. I work until about 6 or 7pm and then come home and relax. I love evenings.

What have you learned from your experiences as a lawyer that helps you in life outside the court?

I have learned to appreciate my life a lot more. There are individuals experiencing things I'd never want to go through or wish on my worst enemy and for who, sometimes, justice will never come. I thank God because only by His grace do I not experience the same injustices.

Do you think that there is more or less pressure on girls to achieve a certain beauty standard now as compared to when you were a teen?

I assume the pressure is the same. That there is any pressure on girls at all is awful. I am all about putting on makeup to enhance your beauty but it's sad to see women and girls being so hard on themselves for their weight or features that they were born with. The pressure to be thin or to have big boobs seems so prevalent and it's sad that we can't love ourselves the way we are. We are our toughest critics. I'm pretty sure that the flaws we see in ourselves usually go unnoticed by others.

How has starting a vlog changed your daily life? What have you learned from it?

Staring a youtube channel has allowed me to do something that I love that is different from my career. Being a lawyer can be challenging most days and it's nice to have something completely unrelated to do. I like not having to think about the tough situations of law while I film a beauty video.

What are some of your favorite memories from the past year?

My favorite memories have been going to South Carolina to visit my husband's family, going to the Cher concert (which was AMAZING!!!), and our friends' wedding in April.

Lucia Chloe - Beauty Editor - IWantThatLook.com

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